Joanne Corey

Legion band members seek donations to get them to national competition

The Brattleboro American Legion Band, the only American Legion band in Vermont, is planning to enter a national American Legion band competition in August in Baltimore, Md.

The band competed in a similar competition in 2002 in Charlotte, N.C., where it took fourth place. The band from Joliet, Ill., took first place.

Brattleboro competed again in 2006 in Salt Lake City, where Joliet won again, but we came in second, missing first place by 1.8 points. At the time, the Joliet band had 77 members and Brattleboro had 44, so second place was phenomenal.

Going to Baltimore, there will be 45 band members, accompanied by some of the Brattleboro Legion Color Guard.

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